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Discover Kyoto's renowned cuisine on a walking tour of Nishiki Market with a food specialist guide. Nishiki Market has been at the heart of Kyoto’s culinary world for centuries, and it features a range of Japanese cuisine and Kyoto specialties, in addition to cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Spend three hours in the famous market, tasting different food items as your guide provides a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings. Your tour includes a full lunch along with many samples — bring your curiosity and appetite!


  • A 3-hour tour of Nishiki Market in Kyoto
  • Taste your way through Kyoto’s famous food market
  • Learn about Japanese cuisine from a culinary expert
  • Sample foods throughout the market
  • Savor a delicious lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to six people to ensure quality

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

Small-Group Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

After you make your way to the designated meeting point, your guide greets you and provides an overview of the beginnings of the Nishiki Market. Walk through the market alleyways to see a Shinto shrine that marks the birthplace of the market.

Also known as ‘Kyoto's kitchen,’ Nishiki Market is located inside a fully enclosed building and stays open year-round selling the ingredients and specialty items that make Kyoto a famous food destination. You can find all things food related at numerous vendor stalls, shops and kitchens, including fresh seafood and produce, savory and sweet snacks, bowls of ramen, sake, Kyoto specialties, cookware and more.

Your expert guide — who may be a chef, a food critic, or a culinary historian or anthropologist — leads you to the best spots in the large market. Sample a range of foods throughout the tour as your guide shares informative commentary about what the foods you taste at the different stalls. You'll get to try several Kyoto-specific foods, like tsukemono (pickled vegetables), wagashi (Japanese tea sweets), traditional Kyoto vegetables and more before enjoying a full lunch.

During the tour, learn about the four types of Kyoto cuisine: obanzai (home cooking), kaiseki (which developed out of the tea ceremony), vegetarian shojin-ryori (eaten at Zen temples) and yusoku-ryori (cuisine of the imperial court). Your guide also explains washoku (traditional Japanese food), which has become increasingly popular around the world and is now on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

By the end of the tour, you’ll have a new appreciation for Japanese cuisine and a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings.

Customer Reviews

Arlyn N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Alex and Marie (our guides) were fantastic. Very knowledgeable in Kyoto food. We had a bonus because we were schooled in knives which my husband found to be more interesting than the food information. I highly recommend this tour especially if it is your first time in Kyoto.

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